Delay in reporting COVID-19 deaths to govt could be due to administrative error: APNH

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NT NETWORK

Panaji

After 75-odd unreported COVID-19 related deaths surfaced from different private hospitals in the state, the Association of Private Nursing Homes (APNH), in a press communiqué issued on Thursday said that the delay in reporting COVID-19 deaths to the government could be due to ‘administrative’ error.

The association said that the reports of COVID-19 deaths were not deliberately delayed with mala
fide intention.

“If there is any deliberate attempt to hide, it will come out after the government enquiry but as far as we know, the error is only administrative. There is nothing to be gained by any hospital for not reporting. Error, if any, is of delay and we believe it is administrative rather than deliberate,” reads the statement issued by APNH.

The association has pointed out that it is not possible to perform the final rites without a death certificate mentioning the cause of death or intimating the concerned municipality or the panchayat.

The APNH claimed that statistics are also uploaded regularly by concerned hospitals.

The association has directed concerned hospitals to respond appropriately to the show cause of the government.

“We feel that this is a diversionary tactics to paint all private hospitals in a bad light and we strongly object to this uncalled for criticism,” the APNH said.

It further said that despite being short on staff, equipment and infrastructure, COVID treatment was virtually thrust on the private hospitals which were not at all geared towards COVID care.

The APNH said that these hospitals had to suddenly invest in costly equipment, recruit more staff, make changes to the infrastructure at a huge cost which as the cases come down may now prove to be
a liability.

“Despite these constraints, the hospitals did not shy away from their responsibility, did their very best, worked tirelessly in extremely difficult and dangerous circumstances putting themselves and their family members at a huge risk,” the association
added.